Denver makes Amazon’s HQ2 finalist list — along with 19 other cities
The Seattle-based company received 238 bids from metropolitan areas across the U.S., Canada and Mexico
January 18, 2018
As abruptly as Amazon announced in September that it was hunting for a second full-sized headquarters, the Seattle conglomerate on Thursday announced 20 cities that made it to the next level, including Denver.
The city was one of 238 proposals submitted to the company, which is interested in building a second Amazon campus. The future site could employ 50,000 people at a facility of more than 8 million square feet — the size of Amazon's headquarters in Seattle.
Colorado hunkered down and through a partnership with privately run Metro Denver Economic Development Corp, the state put together one bid, listing at least eight sites in the Denver area that had room for Amazon's campus and providing financial incentives that could exceed $100 million. The state included 22 other sites that also could interest Amazon for other office or warehouse locations.
"We are absolutely excited to have made the short list. The work continues," said Sam Bailey, who oversaw the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp.
But other than its original request for proposals, the state has given no further insight into what Amazon was looking for.